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Excel DATA VALIDATION Using the TODAY and AND Functions

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Figure 1. Excel DATA VALIDATION Using the TODAY and AND Functions.

Let’s assume that we have to generate a DATA VALIDATION using Excel’s TODAY and AND Functions to permit entries of dates occurring within the next 30 days, we must utilize a custom formula syntax based on the AND and TODAY Functions in Excel.

Formula Syntax

=AND(logical1,[logical2], …)

This formula syntax returns as a result TRUE or FALSE. Which simply means that formula will return FALSE if all conditions in the formula are FALSE, and TRUE when all conditions in the formula are TRUE.

How to use Excel DATA VALIDATION Using the TODAY and AND Functions.

Let’s say we have to create a data entry validation for dates exceeding 30 days from today in Excel,, we are going to get this done by following 3 simple steps;

  1. In our worksheet example below, we have a collection of dates scheduled for interviews;

Figure 2. Excel DATA VALIDATION Using the TODAY and AND Functions.

Our purpose here is to flag any date entries that occur after a period of 30 days from the present date.

  1. The DATA VALIDATION formula that we will enter into cell C2 of our worksheet example is as follows;


Figure 3. Excel DATA VALIDATION Using the TODAY and AND Functions.

Excel returned the result of the Data Validation as TRUE because the date is within the 30 day period (assume that today is 27th of January 2019)

  1. Copy and paste the modified version of the Data Validation formula in cell C2 above, down into the other cells in the RESULT column for the next results.

Figure 4. Excel DATA VALIDATION Using the TODAY and AND Functions.

We can use the Excel AND function when we want more than one or both conditions to be met.

Figure 5. Final Result.

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